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Castroneves hurt in stock car crash

SAO PAULO — IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves suffered minor injuries after crashing during practice for a stock car race in Brazil.

The three-time Indy 500 winner had cuts on his legs and had neck and back pain after the crash Friday in Ribeirao Preto.

He left the wrecked car on his own but was taken to a medical center as a precaution. Castroneves' spokesman, Americo Teixeira, said the Penske Racing driver was doing well. He said Castroneves was expected to compete in Sunday's stock car race, although clearance from doctors would not be given until more tests were conducted. The IndyCar series is off this week.

Missing Stewart: Jimmie Johnson can secure a spot in Sprint Cup's Chase for the Championship this week at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, and he's not even thinking about it.

Rain delayed practice at the road course until late afternoon, but injured star Tony Stewart was foremost on everybody's mind. Stewart broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg Monday in a sprint car race in Iowa, has since had two surgeries and is out indefinitely.

Max Papis will drive Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet on Sunday in the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen, where Stewart has a track-record five Cup wins. It will bring Stewart's streak of 521 consecutive Cup starts to an end, and it's his absence that gives Johnson the opportunity to be the first to lock into the Chase on points.

"It's not the way I want to clinch, by any means, with him not being here at the race track. It's a big loss for our sport," Johnson said.

Electric racing series: Fox Sports signed a multiyear deals with the FIA Formula E Championship and the International Motor Sports Association. Formula E will feature open-wheel cars powered exclusively by electricity and capable of speeds of 135 mph with no emission during their one-hour races.

Castroneves hurt in stock car crash 08/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 9, 2013 9:07pm]
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